Table 1-24: U.S. Airport Runway Pavement Conditions

Table 1-24: U.S. Airport Runway Pavement Conditions

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  1986 1990 1993 1997 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
NPIASa airports, number 3,243 3,285 3,294 3,331 3,344 3,361 3,364 3,358 3,346 3,356 3,357
Good condition (percent) 61% 61% 68% 72% 72% 73% 73% 71% 75% 75% 75%
Fair condition (percent) 28% 29% 25% 23% 23% 22% 22% 24% 21% 21% 21%
Poor condition (percent) 11% 10% 7% 5% 5% 5% 5% 5% 4% 4% 4%
Commercial service airportsb, number 550 568 554 566 547 546 546 536 510 513 517
Good condition (percent) 78% 78% 79% 79% 78% 79% 79% 79% 80% 82% 79%
Fair condition (percent) 15% 17% 18% 19% 20% 19% 19% 19% 18% 16% 19%
Poor condition (percent) 7% 5% 3% 2% 2% 2% 2% 2% 2% 2% 2%

KEY: NPIAS = National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems.

a The U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA's) National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems is composed of all commercial service airports, all reliever airports, and selected general aviation airports. It does not include over 1,000 publicly owned public-use landing areas, privately owned public-use airports, and other civil landing areas not open to the general public. NPIAS airports account for almost all enplanements. In 2005, there were approximately 16,500 non-NPIAS airports. See table 1-3 for more detail on airports.

b Commercial service airports are defined as public airports receiving scheduled passenger service, and having at least 2,500 enplaned passengers per year.

NOTES

Data are as of January 1 of each year. Runway pavement condition is classified by the FAA as follows:

Good: All cracks and joints are sealed.

Fair: Mild surface cracking, unsealed joints, and slab edge spalling.

Poor: Large open cracks, surface and edge spalling, vegetation growing through cracks and joints.

SOURCES

Condition:

1986-90: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (Washington DC: 1991).

1993: Ibid., National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (Washington DC: 1995).

1997, 1999-2005: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, Office of Airport Planning and Programming, National Planning Division, personal communications, June 23, 2000, Aug. 20, 2001, May 27, 2002, Jan. 29, 2004, June 10, 2005, Aug. 24, 2006.

Total number of airports:

1986-2005: Ibid., personal communications, June 23, 2000, Aug. 20, 2001, May 27, 2002, Jan. 29, 2004, June 10, 2005, and Aug. 24, 2006.